Northern Ireland High Court Rules Abortion Ban Violates Human Rights

International   |   Cora Sherlock   |   Nov 30, 2015   |   5:55PM   |   Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Belfast High Court ruled today that women should be allowed to have an abortion in the case of rape, incest or in cases where their baby is diagnosed with a life-limiting or terminal condition.

An attempt by Northern Ireland’s Human Right Commission to seek a ruling that abortion is allowed in the case of “foetal malformation”, failed.

Pro-life campaigners were quick to react to the shocking decision from the one-judge Court.  Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said:

The only way the judge could have reached the decision he did is by absolutely side-stepping the fact that an innocent unborn child is also present whenever abortion is considered. It is quite simply not the case, as the judge says, that for an unborn baby with a limiting condition ‘there is no life to protect.’ His comments fly in the face of all the evidence and are deeply hurtful to families of babies diagnosed with life shortening conditions. The judge in this case has set the value of the unborn child at zero and ignored the well documented negative after effects of abortion for many women.

The Attorney General in Northern Ireland has expressed disappointment with the decision, indicating his intention to appeal.

It seems then that this case is not at an end yet but pro-life campaigners are quite clear about one matter at this stage – there is no forum or court that has the right to end human lives and this will not change.

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